How to Solve Picture in Picture not Working on iOS 14?

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"Picture-in-Picture (PIP) not working on Saved videos in GALLERY and FILES app, I want it mainly for the already saved videos in phone. What to do?"

To watch already saved videos on iOS 14 in Picture in Picture mode, you should know that not all applications support this feature. The application you use to play the video should be working with PIP mode.

As far as we know, the below iOS 14 applications supports PIP:

  • Communication app that supports PIP: Face-Time
  • Steaming apps that supports PIP within their own: Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney+, Twitch, Hulu, and Apple TV+.
  • Browsers that supports PIP: Safari, Chrome, Firefox

Note: Twitch picture in picture does not work stably on iOS 14 beta 8. With "Play in Background" enabled in app preference, the video playback crashes some times when you shift to another app.

iOS 14 Picture-in-Picture won't work for local media players like VLC, Quicktime, Kmplayer, etc. And YouTube does not support PIP on iOS 14 as well.

However, Apple TV app has a local version called Video and it does 100% supports PIP on iOS 14. In there, under the Library, you'll see two categories – Home Video and Downloaded. All videos saved in this application can be played in PIP mode on iOS 14.

Fix iOS 14 Picture-in-Picture Not Working with Saved Videos in GALLERY/Files

Q: How to watch saved videos on iOS 14 in Picture in Picture mode?

A: Simply transfer those saved video to Apple TV app (Video app)

Step 1: Install DearMob iPhone Manager and launch it.

You will need DearMob iPhone Manager, by using this tool, you can export videos in Gallery and Files app and transfer them back to your Apple TV/Video app. You can also directly transfer TV series and movies from your computer to iPhone Apple TV to enjoy PiP view.

Step 2: Locate all the videos you want to watch in PIP mode and export them.

Case 1: If your videos are saved in Files, direct to Files Tab > Select the video via its path > Click Export

export video from Files app

Case 2: If your videos are saved in Gallery, head to the Video/Movie tab > Video Recorded > Select the videos > Click Export

export video from gallery

Note: Upon export, your can delete those videos on iPhone right away to prevent duplicate vidoes taking up too much iPhone storage space.

Step 3: Import the video into Apple TV app

Go to Video & Movie > under Home Video > Click "Add video" > Click Sync

Or, you can directly drag and drop the video to the Home Video panel and click Sync button

This time, on your iPhone, you can check out all your saved videos being moved to the Home Video, tap on one and enjoy the iOS 14 Picture in Picture mode now!

Fix iOS 14 Picture in Picture Not Working

Note: Frrom untrusted sites, it is reported that both the Photos app and Files app might be added to support PIP soon in iOS 14 GM release.

Fix Picture-in-Picture on iOS 14 Not working with YouTube & Other Streaming Apps

Again, YouTube does not support and won't support iOS 14 PIP in the near future. The only way to make those streaming apps work with iOS 14 PIP feature is that you make good use of Safari/Chrome/Firefox, meaning to log in the web version of the video streaming app and those browsers will make PIP mode effective.

Step 1: Open Safari for example

Head to YouTube.com or some of you might interested in Pornhub.com. Make sure the streaming app does offer a web page access.

Step 2: Find your way to start a video playback

Log in or not, it's up to you. You can simply tap on a video clip or a live broadcast.

Step 3: Click the Square icon on the video right lower corner

You need to make the video in Full screen mode before enabling PiP.

Step 4: Find the Picture-in-Picture icon and tap it

Safari PiP icon iOS 14

Your video will then shrink to fit the iPhone screen in PiP size. And you can feel free to swipe to other applications for messaging, viewing forums, etc. The PiP mode video can be moved around, up and down.

 

About The Author

Jason, once worked as a professional software tech supporter, is talented in software error detecting, fixes and software test reviews with sharpened technical insight. He also has a peculiar taste in movies, music, comics, TV Sports shows. Feel free to find him on Twitter.

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